The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

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Important Timely News

Retired Rick                                           Aug 16, 2018

ARC member Ted Pyrek passed away on Monday August 13. Obituary below:

Retired Rick                                           Jun 15, 2018

Lee Lovett, age 78, of DeForest, Wis., passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.

A memorial service for Lee will be held at BASHFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 329 North St., Madison, Wis., at 12 Noon, on Saturday, June 16, 2018, with Dr. Amanda Stein presiding. A visitation will be held at the church, at 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

Retired Rick                                           Jun 12, 2018

Management and Budget Director Joe Polasek died over the weekend after a battle with lung cancer.

Visitation is this Friday from 1-4 pm at Gunderson Funeral Home at 5203 Monona Drive. Then 5:30 to whenever at the Come Back Inn to celebrate his life.

                                          Mar 12, 2018

Jim Schmidt has announced his retirement after 38+ years with the DNR. His last day in the office will be Friday, March 30.

A gathering is planned at Madisons (119 King Street) at 4:00 on March 29 to toast Jims career and to wish him a happy retirement.

Wisconsin Green Fire Issue Papers                                           Mar 8, 2018

Wisconsin Green Fire is beginning to pump out position papers. They are actively seeking reviewers, authors, etc. Check out what they've developed at

Candy                                           Mar 5, 2018

Wisconsin Greenfire's webpage:

Also, you can like or follow the WI Greenfire Facebook page.

Candy Schrank                                           Nov 14, 2017

Jami Sue Acre, 43, of Edgerton, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at UW Hospital in Madison, WI. She was born on April 7, 1974, in Madison, WI, the daughter of Suzan B. Acre and James L. (Rose) Acre. Jami's mother, Suzan Acre, retired from DNR after working many years. Obituary here . . .

Retired Rick                                           Jun 10, 2017

Janet Hartka Price, 69, of Seattle, Washington, passed away while on holiday in Ireland with her husband. She died in a bike accident while at the Gap of Dunloe in Killarney National Park.

Go here for information regarding her service and to to RSVP to her memorial gathering to beheld in Madison July

Green Fire: Voices of Conservation Group Launched                                           Apr 22, 2017


Scientists form new group to address threats to Wisconsins natural resources
Wisconsins Green Fire: Voices for Conservation has been formed in response to recent developments at the state and national level that threaten science-based practices and long-term vision in natural resources management.

[Madison, WI April 21, 2017]
Once regarded as a national leader in conservation, Wisconsins proud tradition of dedicated stewardship of its land, waters, and wildlife has been severely compromised. A new organization, Wisconsins Green Fire: Voices for Conservation (WGF), now seeks to reclaim that tradition of leadership for a new generation.

Under Governor Walkers administration, budgets have been slashed for Wisconsin State Parks and public lands management, scientific research, the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board. Scientific information on climate change has been scrubbed from Department of Natural Resources communications and restrictions on Department of Natural Resources staff have limited access to science at public hearings. This is a partial list of changes by the current administration that make it clear that responsible, science-based, long-term management practices are no longer welcome at the table.

In response to these threats, a group of retired and active Wisconsin scientists with experience from a wide range of institutionsincluding the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), the University of Wisconsin, federal natural resource agencies, nonprofit environmental groups, research institutions, and the private sectorhave established Wisconsins Green Fire.

WGF is an independent, nonpartisan group. Its nearly 70 members represent a depth and breadth of experience in natural resource management, environmental law and policy, scientific research, and education.

Historically, Wisconsin managed its abundant natural resources based on sound science, wise economic investments, fair and open public process, and a shared conservation ethic. In the last six years that tradition has been eroded.

Wisconsins Green Fire believes Wisconsins citizens deserve better. We believe there are many in Wisconsin who feel, as we do, that a state as beautiful and bountiful as ours deserves thoughtful stewardship. said WGF board member, Nancy Larson, who retired in the past year from WDNRs water program.
Wisconsins Green Fire will help local units of government, nonprofit organizations, media, decision makers and citizens get the scientific information they need to address local and regional issues. The group will also be a source for those seeking experts who can and will take positions and bring scientific clarity and scrutiny to contentious and complicated environmental issues. Underpinning WGFs mission is the belief that scientific research, knowledge and education are a basis for ensuring clean water, air, and healthy ecosystems for the economic and social benefit of society.

In recent years, Wisconsins longstanding tradition of balancing natural resource conservation with human activities has been undermined, said Terry Daulton, a coordinator for Wisconsins Green Fire. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff is no longer able to fully sharetheir expertise with policy makers and the public. As a result, we are seeing new and unprecedented threats to Wisconsins water, air, lands and wildlife. Our goal is to be a voice for sound science in conservation.

The group takes its name from one of Aldo Leopolds essay, Thinking Like a Mountain. We decided to use Green Fire in our name to tie us to Wisconsins conservation hero, Aldo Leopold, Daulton said.

Leopolds land ethic relies on understanding that people are a part of
the land, every species has importance, and human activities must be in harmony with nature. It also tells us, as citizens and as scientists, that we all share a responsibility for the land, for one
another, and for future generations.
More information about Wisconsins Green Fire: Voices for Conservation, a website, and
opportunities to join and/or contribute will be available in coming months. For information now, you can contact

Wisconsins Green Fire: Voices for Conservation was formed in 2017 and supports the conservation legacy of Wisconsin by promoting science-based management of Wisconsins natural resources.

Organizational leadership available for interview:

Terry Daulton
Board Member and Coordinator, Wisconsins Green Fire
Mercer, WI

Bob Martini
Board Member, Wisconsins Green Fire; retired WDNR Water Resources
Rhinelander, WI

Kim Wright
Board Member, Wisconsins Green Fire; Executive Director, Midwest Environmental Advocates
Madison, WI

Retired Rick                                           Mar 6, 2017

Go to the 'What's New' page to read the Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants' letter, sent to the Joint Committee on Finance, regarding the Self-Insurance proposal.

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